SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission – Environmental Scientist/Coastal Planner

The award-winning San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a State of California government agency located in the City of San Francisco with regulatory and planning responsibilities over San Francisco Bay, the Suisun Marsh, salt ponds, and along the Bay Area’s nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its actions by state and federal laws, policies, and regulations including: the McAteer-Petris Act, Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, San Francisco Bay Plan, Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and various special area plans.

The Position

We are seeking a passionate and skilled individual with experience in coastal adaptation research and planning to join BCDC’s Planning Unit, primarily contributing to our Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program.  The Environmental Scientist will perform complex and specialized environmental and natural resource analysis, policy analysis, technical research, and studies involving vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning for resilience of shoreline development and natural areas to rising sea level, ecosystem management and restoration, Bay filling and dredging, resource conservation, and public use and enjoyment of the Bay as staff to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Essential Job Functions

  • Technical Research and Evaluation:  apply scientific methods to identify, analyze and find solutions for problems in areas of vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation planning, and environmental planning; evaluate data to assess impacts of sea level rise; research and develop innovative programs to address emerging problems related to sea level rise; develop technical tools and trainings for staff and partners, and analyze complex policy, assessments, plans, and programs relating to sea level rise.
  • Plan and Policy Development: work on collaborative stakeholder processes to integrate multiple interests into planning studies and recommendations; prepare written summaries and make oral presentations; coordinate with staff, other agencies and organizations, and experts in the field to develop planning and policy documents; work closely with local, state, and federal agencies on best available science related to coastal and climate change issues; represent BCDC to broad audiences, and review local, state, and federal plans and programs for incorporation into BCDC’s work.
  • Technical and Scientific Communication and Community Engagement: develop communication, engagement, and outreach materials that effectively communicate complex scientific topics; travel to various locations in the Bay Area and/or Sacramento area to meet with and present to stakeholder groups.
  • General:  participate in various BCDC staff programs, staff meetings, and projects; act as a lead person or project manager (as needed) directing the work of other staff or interns.

The Candidate

The candidate should be an effective and analytical problem solver with excellent writing and public speaking skills and the capacity to become a strong facilitator and negotiator. The person should be dedicated, mature, collaborative, and independent. The candidate should be able to manage complex projects. The person should have knowledge of California land use and environmental law, be familiar with relevant trends in coastal and land use planning and policy and possess a background in or familiarity with resource conservation, urban and natural resource project design, and the social, natural and political sciences. Lastly, the candidate should appreciate BCDC’s mandate to balance conservation and development of the Bay’s diverse resources.

Employment Term. Full-time, 12 months Limited-term with the possibility of extension to 24 months or becoming permanent.

Salary and Benefits.

Environmental Scientist, Range A: $3,668 to $4,541
Environmental Scientist, Range B: $4,457 to $5,530
Environmental Scientist, Range C: $5,641 to $7,013

Benefits include paid vacation/sick leave or annual leave; public transit subsidy; 11 paid holidays each calendar year; health, dental, and vision benefits; and deferred compensation and retirement benefit programs.


Candidates must be eligible for appointment to the California civil service classification of Environmental Scientist (ES). Current State employees or former State employees with transfer or reinstatement rights at the ES level may apply. To be eligible for transfer or reinstatement, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of the ES classification. Appointment is subject to the State Restriction of Appointment (SROA) provisions. Applicants must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility, including SROA, surplus, transfer, reinstatement status, or list eligibility in the Examination or Job Title section on the State Application Form 678. If you are not a current or past State employee and have not successfully participated in an appropriate civil service examination, you cannot be considered for this position. For more information on the State hiring process, please visit the Cal Human Resources.

Environmental Scientist

Adapting to Rising Tides Program
Full‐Time, 12‐Month Limited‐Term Position
(with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent)


All applicants must submit a standard State of California application form (STD 678) (https://www.jobs.ca.gov/pdf/std678.pdf), a resume, one writing sample (5 pages or less), and a minimum of three professional references. Identify the Job Title section of the Application: Environmental Scientist (BCDC).  Please submit your application and materials to:

Human Resources Office
CA Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, California 94105-2219
(415) 904-5430 or toll free (866) 831-2540

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates interviewed.  Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Special Interview Arrangements

If you have a disability and/or need specific arrangements for interviews, please mark the box in Item 2 of the Job Application. We will contact you to make specific arrangements. Assistance for the hearing impaired on job-related matters is available by phone (711).

For More Information

See BCDC website or contact Dana Brechwald, Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) at (415) 352-3656 or Dana.Brechwald@bcdc.ca.gov.

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.